• Opinion

Some claim that we should not attack the serious flaws of democracy, lest our criticisms provide ammunition for authoritarian movements. Political philosopher Jason Brennan explains why that argument is wrong.

  • Opinion

Will Wilkinson has responded to my critique of his essay attacking libertarian skepticism about democracy. This post is my rejoinder.

  • Review

An important new book explains how public ignorance enables to powerful interest groups to use government regulation to enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of society. Such regulatory "capture" also increases inequality and causes major reductions in economic growth.

  • Opinion

Will Wilkinson of the Niskanen Center offers a noteworthy critique of libertarian skepticism about democracy, claiming that it deserves blame for the current pathologies of the Republican right. But he gets many key points wrong. Far from being a cause of our troubles, libertarian critiques of democracy can be a useful part of the cure.

  • Opinion

The danger of political misinformation online arises less from the nature of the internet than from the way we process political information more generally.

  • Opinion

Behavioral economists, such as 2017 Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler, have shown that people often fail to act rationally. But it doesn't follow that we should rely on government to "fix" our cognitive errors. The cognitive errors of voters and politicians are generally worse than those of private sector actors.

  • Opinion

The Jones Act is impeding Puerto Rico's recovery, and inflicted considerable harm on consumers long before then. Its persistence is in large part due to widespread public ignorance - a problem that afflicts democracy on a wide range of issues.

  • Opinion

My contribution to the Volokh Conspiracy symposium on the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism explains how widespread voter ignorance, combined with the knowledge limitations of government planners, strengthens the case for limiting and decentralizing government power.

  • Opinion

A new survey finds that most Americans lack even basic knowledge of the Constitution. Sadly, it is consistent with other data showing widespread political ignorance.

  • Review

New books by political scientist Tom Nichols and famed legal scholar Cass Sunstein assess the growing danger of political ignorance and bias and propose possible solutions.

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